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Illinois State Police gives recommendations for winter driving

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

Illinois State Police says it responded to 28 crashes on Tuesday morning during the early commute.  This is the time of year more rear end crashes occur than any other type of accident.  As a result, the ISP is making several recommendations for drivers during these next several weeks when road conditions are less than ideal.

“We’re highly recommending motorists traveling behind another vehicle to leave that vehicle in front of them at least two-and-a-half to three car lengths in space in case the car in front of them does stop abruptly,” Trooper Calvin Dye, Jr. said.

“They would have enough time to stop and enough space to stop so if they do encounter some ice or snow or something slick they’re able to stop without sliding into the rear of the vehicle in front of them,” Dye said. “Most motorists are not anticipating a lot of the ice.  You can’t see it.  It’s not noticeable and they’ll think a part of the interstate is dry.  All of a sudden they go to break and they’re sliding out of control and they’re off in a ditch on the side of the interstate.”

There are other changes drivers can make to ensure safety of those around them on the interstate.  First, the Illinois State Police says it’s smart to go well below the speed limit.  Even if the signs say 55 or 60 miles per hour it doesn’t mean going that speed is safe. 

The ISP also says to leave more time than normal to get to your destination so you’re not pressured into going faster for fear of being late. 

Tuesday morning was a long and challenging time for the Illinois State Police due to the high volume of crashes.  As soon as a trooper would finish clearing an accident they would have two or three more pending.  They were able to handle all of them but it was still a challenge regardless.

Drivers being a little bit safer on the roadways could alleviate problems all the way around.

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